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Born with a silver spoon: America's richest dynasties eye more wealth

Our definitive list of the richest families in the US

Published: Aug 2, 2014 06:50:41 AM IST
Updated: Jul 28, 2014 02:02:19 PM IST
Born with a silver spoon: America's richest dynasties eye more wealth
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Abundant legacy: This portrait of Sam Walton, his wife and his children, decades before his heirs became the wealthiest dynasty in American history, hung in the Walmart museum in Bentonville, Arkansas

The Waltons. The Kennedys. The Rockefellers. You know the names already. Now Forbes has compiled the first comprehensive ranking of the richest families in America: 185 clans with fortunes of at least $1 billion. They’re collectively worth $1.2 trillion. Many are working at increasing their fortunes. Others are merely sleepy heirs, several generations removed from their families’ heydays. Nearly all have ties to some of the most storied businesses and brands in American history, including  Jack Daniel’s, L.L. Bean, Getty Oil, Hallmark and Budweiser.

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(This story appears in the 08 August, 2014 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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